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Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Farewell to Penny, our Beloved Friend


On a very sad note, we put Penny down on Wednesday... She has been going downhill for a while, with worsening kidney function and old age--she was 18.25 yrs old. My wife and I were, and continue to be, heartbroken about it. We sorely miss her.

I didn't realize how much our daily routines were intertwined with Penny's; now that she's gone, it's become painfully obvious how her presence was part of our daily infrastructure. For example, she always come in the bathroom and laid down as I showered just to keep me company.

She loved being around us wherever we were; in fact, she followed me around like a puppy, waiting for me to sit or lay down so she could snuggle up. She loved laying in the warm patches of sun hitting the carpet through the windows. And she loved to eat. Man did she love to eat. :)

She was arguably the best pet we've ever had. She's been a faithful friend and a comfort to us in many situations. We truly loved her. We gave her the best care possible--I don't think a kitty could be better cared for. She's had the best in food, medical care, and human attention. How does it get any better? She led a good life, and we will never forget her.

9 comments:

vickylw said...

Just found Penny's photo on EDM's Superblog...
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like a very special family member who will be sorely missed. I was amazed at her age -- she had a long & happy life.

scoodog said...

What a beautiful cat! And I say that from not only looking at her photo but also from hearing how she lived and loved. She obviously brought you and your wife a lot of peace, comfort and joy.

Losses like this are the hardest part of living and loving.

May your memories of her live forever.

Dee said...

What a wonderful long and happy life Penny had. And the joy she gave to you. So sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sure you have many pictures and happy memories!

Steve said...

Thank you all for the heart-warming comments. It means so much.

Ella said...

The most important thing is that Penny had a long and happy life. And you are absolutely right: They become so much a part of our daily lives. We had to put my dog down a few days ago, so I guess I can understand your loss.

Susan Hosken said...

I lost my cat earlier this year so know the pain you are going through. It is amazing how much they are a part of our lives.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia

Kate (Cathy) Johnson said...

So sorry to read this, Steve...I lost 6 of my fur family in the past two years...I still miss them, very much, especially my two favorites. Or three. Or...

My old Fuzz lived to be 23, so he had an amazingly long life...just the sweetest old thing. Penny looks well loved and well cared for.

Sherry said...

Aw, I am sorry. Our 18 year old kitty was pretty much the same story last year. We had to have her put down just before Easter. On a brighter note, our current kitty friend, rescued from the Humane Society in May, has become a source of real pleasure. I hope you have gotten yourself another kitty to love.
Sherry

phthaloblu said...

Did you ever get another kitty after Penny? They really do become a part of the family and the fact that she was over 18 years old is a testament to your excellent care of her. I know it's 2 years late, but, I also know you never forget them, so please accept my belated condolence on her death. We had to put our kitty down almost 8 years ago now, but I still look for her at the foot of our bed, even tho we have another kitty. Our Ilsa was 17 years old when we had to put her down. She had tumors growing in her throat and the vet said he could operate and take them out, but, she might not survive the surgery and they would just grow back. I took her home and spent every moment I could with her. A couple of weeks later she stopped eating. I tried for 3 days to feed her liquids, but to no avail. It was really difficult for our whole family and my oldest son who basically grew up with her. I didn't have the heart to spread her ashes anywhere, so I keep her with me in a little box. Someday I'll find the perfect place for her.